UK election explained: Why are we having a general election?

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BRITAIN will be heading to the polls on December 12. So why are we having a general election?

A general election has been called for December 12, the first winter election to be held in the UK since 1923. After the votes have been counted, there will be a new sitting of MPs in the House of Commons.

Why are we having a general election?

The last general election was held in the UK in 2017, and was called as a snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May.

A general election is called every five years in the UK, so technically we were not due to vote again until 2022.

However, Boris Johnson tabled a motion for an early general election last month.

MPs voted in favour of his Brexit deal but against his proposed timetable to pass the legislation.

The Conservative Party do not currently have a majority in the House of Commons.

By holding a general election, Boris Johnson hopes the Conservative Party will be able to secure a majority in the House.

This would make passing legislation, specifically his Brexit bill, through the House of Commons much easier.

Opposition parties have backed the general election, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn changing his mind on the issue last month.

He had previously said he would not back an early general election until the prospect of a no-deal Brexit was off the table.

Since the EU has granted the UK a ‘flextension’ up until January 31, Jeremy Corbyn has now backed an election.

Some parties are seeking a majority with the hope of blocking Brexit altogether, while others have different ideas on how to secure an exit from the EU.

Who will win the election?

A total of 650 seats are up for grabs in the House of Commons and MPs will be elected based on how people vote at the polls.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told ITV on Monday: “It is likely, it is likely that we are going to have a hung parliament next time around so actually if the Brexit Party get a reasonable amount of people in there they could exert a great influence.”

Both a Conservative Majority and No Overall Majority are both likely, and are evens according to the bookies.

Boris Johnson is also the bookies favourite to be Prime Minister on January 1.

Latest Ladbrokes odds for the General Election:

Conservative Majority – Evens

No Overall Majority – Evens

Labour Majority – 14/1

Brexit Party Majority – 200/1

Lib Dems Majority – 200/1

Green Party Majority – 1000/1

UKIP Majority – 5000/1

Conservative – 1/6

Labour – 5/1

Lib Dems – 50/1

Boris Johnson – 4/9

Jeremy Corbyn – 5/2

Jo Swinson – 16/1

Keir Starmer – 33/1

Why are we having a general election?

Who will win the election?

Latest Ladbrokes odds for the General Election:

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